It seems as though we are already entering the teething stage with Andy – at 5 ½ months old. At this point, Annie already had her first two teeth. She was an EASY teether – she hasn’t really done anything else easily, so I caught a break there. One morning she would wake up and BAM! She had new teeth. It was nice…and now, we have Andy. And so far some days I can tell his mouth just hurts – poor guy. Dumb teeth.
So, I thought I would take a day and tell y’all the way we handle teething ‘round these parts – “these parts” being my house. These ideas are by far from exhaustive – just look on Pinterest and there are about a million ideas for teething.
Make sure to stick around until the end where I have an awesome teething giveaway from More Than Alive. And even if you don’t have a teether – these items are excellent for other uses.
1. Teething drops and teething tablets
You can find these items in lots of locations. I like to purchase mine from Vitacost because their prices are SO GREAT (Make sure to use $10 off your first order in that link)! When Annie WOULD have teething problems (molars) she responded great to these. I used them almost exclusively for her. I like using homeopathic things.
Just as a note – if your toddler accidentally eats half a bottle of these and you panic and call Poison Control, they might just laugh at you and tell you it would take about 3 bottles of these to even see an effect. So, yeah. Just an FYI for ya.
2. Vibrating Teether
I purchased one of these from Target. Annie used it just a little bit, because I think it sorta scared her. Can’t say I blame her – who wants to put a vibrating strawberry in their mouth? Anyway – I kept it for Andy and maybe he’ll like it better. Boys are weird.
Okay, okay. I realize most of you are totally thinking about cats acting all crazy on catnip right now. That’s cool…I know where you’re coming from. But Catnip leaf is great for all sorts of teething problems! The ABC Herbal book gives you the run-down on catnip. (Book giveaway at end.)
You can make a tea out of the catnip and soak a washcloth in it…then let your child suck or chew on it.
I love using essential oils and herbs. Clove has a numbing effect, so it’s great for any teething problem you might have. Dilute ONE drop of essential oil in ONE tablespoon of a carrier oil and apply to the gums. Check it out on yourself before giving to baby just to make sure it’s not too strong – depending on oils, you might need more or less.
Carrier oils are: olive oil, almond oil, jojoba, or grapeseed. I use almond oil.
Not the fake stuff…the good stuff. The stuff you make at home with, wait for it…alcohol. And no, Stacy does not condone getting babies sloshed. I don’t condone getting adults sloshed either, but hey – a little alcohol on the gums numbs them and makes them feel better. Andy likes this method. I take a little vanilla out, dip my finger in it and then rub it on his gums.
My mom saw this method on the The Doctors TV show, so please don’t send me hate mail about babies getting hammered. Thank you.
6. Amber Teething necklaces
Isn’t my boy handsome? I purchased an Amber teething necklace for him from Bouncy Baby Boutique. Amber has natural healing properties when worn against the skin. I have several friends who use these and talk highly about how well they work.
Use these with caution – always supervise when baby is wearing one and don’t let them sleep in them. One more thing – never wake a sleeping baby. Amen.
This is something new I’m trying this go around. I found the recipe at Modern Alternative Mama and it was so easy. It calls for clove oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. You melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter and mix in the clove oil. That’s it. Let it stay in the fridge to be cool and solid. Rub on the baby’s gums. Nice! I love easy, homemade items like this. Plus, I love mason jars. Please send mason jars.
*I purchase my cocoa butter from Amazon. Make sure it’s food grade. Note – don’t eat it plain. You will want to…but don’t do it.
And now for the giveaway! More Than Alive sent me a teething package. Included was: clove oil, catnip, and The ABC Herbal book – the book is EXCELLENT and if you’re looking into natural medicine, this is a great way to start! And now I get to give one away! Woooooo!!! Even if you don’t have a teether, these items are useful for anyone. One winner will receive:
This is a $25 value.
To enter, leave a comment letting me know your favorite teething remedy. Giveaway will end on Friday, February 15th at 9pm EST.